Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker will return for the 2023 season, he told reporters.including Brian McTaggart of MLB.com) on Tuesday. Baker noted that the contract is not yet finalized, but it goes without saying that the finish line must be in sight if he is openly discussing the matter.
“I have always said that if I win one, I want two. I like to keep my word,” Baker told McTaggart. “It’s as fun as ever.”
Baker, 73, had just won his first World Series title as a manager. It was the last tick he had to put in his 25-year career in the dugout. During that time, he won 53.9 percent of regular season games and won three pennants. Baker is the only coach in league history to lead five different franchises to the playoffs: the San Francisco Giants, the Chicago Cubs, the Cincinnati Reds, the Washington Nationals, and, of course, the Astros. He is a three-time Manager of the Year award winner.
Baker might not have had the opportunity to win the ring as manager were it not for the sign theft scandal that rocked the Astros in early 2020. The aftermath of this scandal led Houston owner Jim Crane to fire general manager Jeff Luhnow and skipper AJ Hinch (now at the helm of the Detroit Tigers), replacing them with Tampa Bay Rays executive James Click and Baker. (By the way, click return remains much less certain than Baker’s income.)
Before becoming a manager, Baker had a 19-year playing career. He played on four teams, including the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers, and was named to a couple of All-Star teams during his career.
Baker was part of the 1981 Dodgers team that won the World Series, meaning he now has two championship rings to show off: one from his playing days and one from his coaching days.
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